The isolation of a virus using cell culture to observe its cytopathic effects (CPEs) is the main method for identifying the viruses in clinical specimens. However, the observation of CPEs requires experienced inspectors and excessive time to inspect the cell morphology changes. In this study, we utilized artificial intelligence (AI) to improve the efficiency of virus identification. After some comparisons, we used ResNet-50 as a backbone with single and multi-task learning models to perform deep learning on the CPEs induced by influenza, enterovirus, and parainfluenza. The accuracies of the single and multi-task learning models were 97.78% and 98.25%, respectively. In addition, the multi-task learning model increased the accuracy of the single model from 95.79% to 97.13% when only a few data of the CPEs induced by parainfluenza were provided. We modified both models by inserting a multiplexer and de-multiplexer layer, respectively, to increase the correct rates for known cell lines. In conclusion, we provide a deep learning structure with ResNet-50 and the multi-task learning model and show an excellent performance in identifying virus-induced CPEs.
- Artificial intelligence
- Cytopathic effect